Srinagar, January 18 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, Dr Bilqees Shah, the wife of illegally detained senior APHC leader and the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party (DFP), Shabbir Ahmed Shah, has been summoned by India’s Enforcement Directorate (ED) to its Delhi office again.
According to media sources, a DFP spokesman in a statement in Srinagar confirming the fresh summon to Dr Bilqees said she has been told to appear in the Delhi office of ED on January 30. The husband of Dr Bilqees, Shabbir Shah, is undergoing illegal detention in New Delhi’s Tihar Jail. He was arrested by ED on July 25, 2017 in a fake case registered against him in 2005. Dr Bilqees was summoned and questioned by the ED earlier also. KASHMIR VOICE
New Delhi, January 17 (Kashmir Voice): While a Delhi court has directed the Enforcement Directorate (ED) of India to file its reply to a fresh bail plea of senior APHC leader, Shabbir Ahmed Shah, in a 2007 case, his wife said he is being slow poisoned in Tihar Jail.
According to media sources, Additional Sessions Judge Sidharth Sharma directed Enforcement Directorate’s Special Public Prosecutor N K Matta to file a reply to the fresh bail plea by February 26. In his bail application, Shabbir Shah told the court that investigation in the case had been completed since the agency had filed its charge sheet and there was no chance for him to hamper the probe. Advocate M S Khan, appearing for Shabbir Shah, told the court that no purpose would be served by keeping him in custody. Shah, who appeared before the court through video conference, said he was not being provided with medical care inside the jail. “Trial is only going on because I am alive. If there is no Shah, there will be no trial,” 62-year old Shah said. Meanwhile, Shabbir Ahmad Shah’s wife, Dr Bilquees Shah, also moved an application before the court through the defence lawyer saying that her husband was suffering from various ailments and was on regular medicine for the past six years. Dr Bilquees said that he was facing difficulty in getting those medicines inside the jail and was now also suffering from sudden loss of consciousness. “My husband had similar fainting attacks in Tihar Jail. Repeated requests were made to the jail authorities but to no avail. This is a clear indication of slow poisoning of my husband by the jail authorities,” she told the court in her application. On the other hand, the Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) at a meeting in Srinagar said that though its Chairman, Shabbir Ahmed Shah, was not needed for any questioning yet he was kept behind bars only to be victimize him for his political stance over the Kashmir dispute. The party said that Indian judiciary was indulging in denying justice to Shabbir Shah. The meeting was chaired by DFP General Secretary, Muhammad Abdullah Tari. KASHMIR VOICE
Srinagar, January 17 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Gilani, has said that India is heading towards a Hindu Rashtra and fascism.
According to media sources, Syed Ali Gilani said this while reacting to the assertions recently made by a BJP leader, Surinder Singh, where he had boasted that “India will be a Hindu Rashtra by 2024”. The APHC Chairman said, the assertions invalidate the rhetoric and parroting of Indian stooges in occupied Kashmir about India a ‘largest democracy’ mantra and added that it was quite shocking that they didn’t even feel ashamed of distorting facts about the so-called instrument of accession. “These stooges are even justifying this on wrong assertions and distorting historical facts,” Syed Ali Gilani said and added that the Indians had no right to thrust their choice over Muslim community and other minorities living in India. Referring to historical facts about partition plan, he said that Indian politicians were following deceit and double standard. He further said that the ruling parties and politicians in India were unwilling to accept the historical veracities. Lamenting the approach of Indian government and its leaders, the APHC Chairman said that they themselves were in a fix and even inadvertently acknowledged the two-nation theory. “As our geographical, cultural and religious affiliations are concerned, Kashmir in no way is a part of India, and people of Kashmir never accepted the so-called instrument of accession,” Syed Ali Gilani said. He asked all pro-India political parties to shun hypocritical approach and desist from lending a hand to Hindutva politics and avoid any attempt to tinker Article 35A or alter Muslim majority character of Jammu and Kashmir, as Kashmiris rendered unparalleled sacrifices for the sacred cause of freedom. He appealed to the people to boycott the upcoming panchayat polls, saying that India and its local stooges have been using such elections to hoodwink the international community. Meanwhile, Syed Ali Gilani strongly condemned the detention of Kashmiri trader, Bilal Kawa, by Delhi police, saying that Kashmiri youth are being implicated in false cases. KASHMIR VOICE
New Delhi, January 17 (Kashmir Voice): International human rights watchdog, Amnesty International, has launched a postcard campaign and an online petition to press for the ban on the use of pellet gun in occupied Kashmir.
According to media sources, the drive is meant to put pressure on India to conduct an independent investigation into cases of killings and serious injuries caused by the pellets. The Amnesty will submit signed postcards and petition to the puppet Chief Minister of occupied Kashmir, Mehbooba Mufti. “Pellet-firing pump-action shotguns have been responsible for killing, blinding and injuring thousands of people in Kashmir,” said Amnesty International India, as it launched the campaign and online petition seeking a ban on the use of the shotguns. The campaign aims to bring people from across Jammu and Kashmir to write postcards to Mehbooba Mufti. “It is shameful that the serious concerns raised repeatedly regarding the use of pellet-firing guns have failed to receive sufficient attention from the government,” said Aakar Patel, Executive Director, Amnesty International India. “The use of pellet shotguns is inherently inaccurate and indiscriminate. These so-called ‘non-lethal’ weapons have killed at least 14 people since July 2016. Thousands more have suffered extensive and debilitating physical and psychological harm. It is unconscionable for authorities to continue using pellet-firing shotguns despite being aware of the damage they cause.” “Through this campaign, we want to send a message ….that the people of Kashmir want an immediate end to the use of pellet-firing shotguns. The voices of the victims and those who stand in solidarity with them must be heard,” said Zahoor Wani, Campaigner, Amnesty International India. The puppet administration recently admitted in the so-called Kashmir Assembly that 6,221 people had received pellet shotgun injuries, including 782 eye injuries, between July 2016 and February 2017. However, the human rights groups say the number of pellet injured people is much higher than the admitted by the puppet regime. In September 2017, Amnesty International India released a briefing, “Losing Sight in Kashmir: The Impact of Pellet-Firing Shotguns”, which documented the cases of pellet victims. The Amnesty says that the troops have used metal pellet-firing shotguns for crowd control in occupied Kashmir since 2010. When pellet shotguns are fired, a large number of small metal pellets spread indiscriminately over a wide area. There is no way to control the accuracy, trajectory or direction of the pellets. Due to their inherently inaccurate and indiscriminate nature, the weapons have a high risk of causing serious and permanent injury to everyone in the area. The Amnesty says the use of pellet shotguns in occupied Kashmir violates international standards on the use of force. The UN Code of Conduct for Law Enforcement Officials states that law enforcement officials may use force “only when strictly necessary and to the extent required for the performance of their duty”. The UN Basic Principles on the Use of Force and Firearms states that force should only be used when “unavoidable”, and law enforcement officials should “exercise restraint” in using force and “minimize damage and injury”. KASHMIR VOICE